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Just finished some new tray puzzles for 2 yr. olds

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  • Just finished some new tray puzzles for 2 yr. olds

    I turned the standup Dino Puzzle into a tray puzzle using 1/2 in Birch ply. The letters are 3/8 in Birch ply set in and glued because they are too small. I inset and glued the google eyes on the Monkey so the 2 y.o can't pick them out. I used a wood burning tip to outline the face, hands, feet, and bananna. The 2 halves glued together are 1/4 in. birch ply. The paint is acrylic as well as the gloss coating. Natural Danish Oil was used on the boards.
    The other stand up puzzles were for a 3 and a 6 year old. the Dinosaur is made from black walnut and the dog from aeromatic cedar.
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  • #2
    I love them, especially the tray puzzles. Where did you get the pattern for the monkey tray or did you pattern it yourself?


    • #3
      Eileen, I found the monkey picture online. I designed the dog puzzle from a picture.


      • #4
        Nice work. I have done only a couple of stand up puzzles but wasn't entirely pleased with the fit although I tried not to force the blade. What blade did you use on those?


        • #5
          I use a #5 Reverse. The wood is 3/4 to 7/8 in. thick. I sand the pieces with 320 so the cut gets slightly larger, but the edges are not sharp. I tried the #3R, but to me, it was hard to see the accent cuts and you have to go really slow. It is very easy to push too hard and the pieces will not slide together right. (It will cut at an angle and one side will be larger). Even with the #5 you can easily cut at an angle especially with hard wood.


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          • markdavd
            Reply to Frustrated
            by markdavd
            When a blade slips out, the tendency is to tighten it more. Make sure you haven't over-tightened the clamp forcing the sides apart. Most OEM clamps are made from soft aluminum so once it starts they will continue spreading and it will be near-impossible to keep the blades in place.

            Yesterday, 10:03 AM
          • Sandy Oaks
            Reply to Frustrated
            by Sandy Oaks
            Blade slippage is a function of the blade clamp holder and or the set screw and thumb screw with swivel.
            Yesterday, 09:40 AM
          • NC Scroller
            Reply to Frustrated
            by NC Scroller
            Tricia what saw do you have? Does the blade slip or it just won’t tighten?
            Yesterday, 08:01 AM
          • wjbclocks1
            Reply to Frustrated
            by wjbclocks1
            Are yoou sure that your not puting the blades to far up in the top clamps,. ( l learned thst the hard way)...
            Yesterday, 07:46 AM
          • cwmagee
            Reply to Frustrated
            by cwmagee
            Have you tried to rough up the thumb screws tips? How old are the blade clamps? may be time to replaced them.
            Yesterday, 06:48 AM